Rob Bordner

CEO

 
 

Drawing on three decades of experience in the energy industry, Rob helps clients develop stronger clean energy strategies with an innovative, systems-based approach. His vision goes beyond technical fixes and instead applies a big-picture understanding to help utilities solve challenging energy efficiency problems. An economist by training, Rob founded EMI Consulting almost 25 years ago as a way to combine his interest in energy markets with his desire to make a difference. As CEO, he upholds the vision of EMI, mapping growth while also actively mentoring staff.

16

countries visited

2

grown kids

200+

client engagements since founding EMI Consulting

  • How did you get into the clean energy field?

    After college in the 1980s, I joined a three-person energy startup. We installed New England’s first ever utility-scale wind farm. This experience crystallized my love for entrepreneurship and my desire to transform our energy future.

  • What are the ideas that drive you?

    Energy is the cornerstone of our lives and our environment. It’s exciting to watch the industry change. There’s no end to technological innovation. Renewable generation is more widespread, and we’re working toward reducing carbon emissions through electrification. Utilities are figuring out how to evolve to stay relevant. I’m happy to be a part of this process.

  • How do you spend your time when you’re not working?

    Listening to live music in small venues. Browsing farmer's markets. Sailing with his wife Susan in the South Pacific, most recently in French Polynesia and the Cook Islands, aboard their ketch S/V Athanor.

Publications

  • Close, B. (2019, November). “Evolving energy efficiency programs to focus on CO2 reduction: Implications for program evaluation.” To be presented at the Asia-Pacific Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Balzar, R. (2008, August). “A blueprint for re-building a world class conservation power plant: Releasing the hidden dragon.” ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA.
  • (2006, August). “Non-wires solutions to defer T&D upgrades: A comparison of two case studies in the Pacific Northwest.” ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA.
  • (2004, August). “Multifamily markets: Hard-to-reach and hard-to-serve.” ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA.
  • Cohan, D., Hazzard, Rich. (2004, August). “Real-time evaluation: Blurring the line between program, evaluation and market research.” ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA.
  • (2003, August). “Real-time evaluation for energy efficiency programs. 2003 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Seattle, WA.
  • (2002, August). “The EnergyFocus™ program: Bringing together commercial tenants, facility managers, and the utility.” ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA.
  • Wirtshafter, R.M. (2002, August). “The trend to outsourcing of energy services: Implications for recruiting participants in utility C&I programs.” Asilomar, CA
  • (2001, August). “Strategies for promoting innovation in PGC-funded programs.” 2001 International Energy Program Evaluation Conference. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • (2000, August). “Understanding the residential contracting market and implications for market transformation programs.” ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA.
  • (2000, August). “Working toward market transformation through residential and on-residential standard performance contract (SPC) programs: Lesson learned on delivery, design, participation, and needs.” ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA
  • (2000, August). “Is there a future for geothermal heat pumps in New England?” ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA.
  • (1999, August). “Rethinking performance-based measurement: Implications for market transformation programs. Published in 1999 International Program Evaluation Conference. Denver, CO.
  • (1994, August). “The application of survival analysis techniques to demand side management evaluation.” ACEEE Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. Asilomar, CA.
  • (1993, August). “Ten years later: Are the measures still there and producing savings? Results from the field.” Published in the Energy Program Evaluation: Uses, Methods, and Results. Proceedings from the 1993 International Program Evaluation Conference. Chicago, IL.